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10/31 AFL & winter ball update

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija threw six shutout innings in Mexicali’s 8-1 win over Hermosillo in Mexican League action Friday night. Samardzija struck out seven and walked one, giving up four hits. His ERA now is 2.25.

In Arizona Fall League action, the Mesa Solar Sox played to a 5-5, 11 inning tie against Scottsdale. Starlin Castro did not start, but entered as a defensive sub in the 11th at second base. The infielder is leading the AFL with a .419 batting average. Cubs prospect Blake Parker threw two scoreless innings, walking three. Mesa plays host to Phoenix on Saturday at HoHoKam Park.

In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes served up three home runs over 4 2/3 innings in Caracas’ 7-2 loss to Aragua. Mathes gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks.

Andres Blanco went 4-for-5 with one RBI in Magallanes’ 13-5 win. Robinson Chirinos also drove in two runs and hit a double.

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Tennessee, Iowa end regular season

Double-A Tennessee ended the regular season Monday with a 5-4 win over Huntsville. Marco Carrillo (4-1) picked up the win in relief of starter Casey Coleman, who only threw three innings. Coleman is scheduled to start in Game 2 of the divisional playoffs.

The Smokies open the playoffs Thursday against Huntsville. Jeremy Papelbon (6-5) is scheduled to start for Tennessee against Huntsville’s Josh Butler (2-1).

* Iowa lost its season finale, 7-2, to Albuquerque, and finished the season, 72-72. Jeff Samardzija (6-6) took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five. Samardzija was expected to join the Major League team Tuesday.

This season, Iowa’s J.R. Mathes won 12 games in the Pacific Coast League, good for third best overall. He also ranked 10th in the league with a 3.62 ERA. Blake Parker’s 22 saves ranked fifth in the league. Despite being with the big league team since July 31, Sam Fuld ranked third in the PCL with 10 triples.

– Carrie Muskat 

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